Bireli Lagrene Sweet Jaco-esque Fretless Bass Jam
Today I came across the following video featuring Bireli Lagrene on fretless bass. I had never heard of him before now, but this solo simply made me happy when listening to it. The bass playing on this song is sweet…funky, technical, groovy, and jazzy…all qualities our old favorite Jaco Pastorius brought to the table back during and after his Weather Report days.
After hearing this tune, I had to go look up what else Bireli Lagrene has done. He has quite a record of playing impressive music. He first emerged as relevant playing classical guitar and electric, with which he is well known in some circles as a jazz fusion virtuoso. Check out the Bireli Lagrene Wikipedia page to see the long list of recordings in his discography, and you’ll realize that this dude has a wealth of a track record – 35 discs, to be exact!!!
One thing is for sure, it’s a darn good thing he decided to take up the fretless bass guitar as well. Give this video a watch and listen, and let me know in the comments what you think about the playing. Trust me, if you liked Jaco, you’ll be able to find something interesting to enjoy in this track. Particularly the sweet bass solo he jumps into in the latter half of the clip.
For some reason, YouTube has the video locked for embedding into external sites, so you will need to click through to the following location on YouTube to watch the footage. I’m currently looking for another version of it that can be embedded and will add it to this post if/when I find it. Thanks in advance for understanding.
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